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Kill the Beast! Kill It!

May 29, 2014 by


I keep reading more accounts of the Veterans Affairs hospital scandals and the proposed solutions, and I am about to tear my hair out (sorry, no “trigger warning” there for the violence).  One commentator has suggested the the VA hospital system be abolished and veterans be given vouchers to “regular” hospitals.  That is a very […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 28, 2014 by


Too many films are burdened with poor titles. Even typing X-Men: Days of Future Past contracts my authorial stomach, bringing bile to my pen’s tip. I am not going to pretend that my prose is always polished, or that my phrases are framed with poetic elegance, but I try to respect punctuation and syntax. I […]

First Lady Food Frenzy

May 27, 2014 by


The First Lady Michelle Obama is at it again.  Reacting to her critics she has reiterated the necessity of food regulations for school lunch programs.  Many schools and districts have complained about the rules, arguing that they are restrictive.  Economists and policy analysts have also criticized the rules, designed to limit fat, calorie, sugar and […]

Inequality, CEO Compensation and Thomas Piketty

May 27, 2014 by


What do the three phrases in the title of this blog have in common?  This is not a trick question, although some may be tricked by the rhetoric that has come from these.  OK, you have had enough time to think about it.  The answer is:  Inequality is the “new” social justice term, median CEO […]

Virgil Smith, R.I.P.

May 26, 2014 by


Virgil Smith was my father’s father. He is buried in the Henri-Chapelle military cemetery, one of the 420,000 Americans who died during World War 2. Virgil Smith was a West Virginia coal miner and a father of five. When the war began, like countless others, he enlisted. A Private First Class in the U.S. Army, […]

Progressivism Come to Fruition

May 25, 2014 by


President Obama, in a speech at a fundraiser this week, made the comment that ““Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” (Read more:  Now he may have meant it simply as a fact that Democrats must deal with, but I am a […]

Bryan College & Academic Freedom in an Age of Commencement Dis-invitations

May 23, 2014 by


To have academic freedom or not to have academic freedom–is that really the question? Recent news is littered with stories of academic freedom. Bryan College, my alma mater, is in turmoil over a clarification to its doctrinal statement (as well as other issues, I am sure). By attempting to solidify its position on Creation, the […]